We are still shocked and saddened by the loss of Matt McLeese. Matt had been to Tanzania twice on missions trip which focused on using education as a tool for ministry. Matt had recently surrendered his life to full time missions and was in the process of joining our team as a full time missionary. Matt went home to be with the Lord after a car accident in Ohio. Matt will be greatly missed by family and friends and even here in Tanzania. His memory will live on through the lives he impacted. In this picture Matt is at a public school in our area which he visited in July 2012.
Over Easter weekend a small group of believers travelled to the village of Bassodesh to visit the new church plant there. One of the blessings they participated in was giving this small church a church sign which the Katesh church was able to pay for. We also had an evangelistic meeting in the village. We were able to play volleyball match which drew a crowd and then the team lead in a skit, songs, and preached the gospel. Below is pastor John speaking to the crowd that gathered. Several trusted Christ as Savior and are being followed up.
We have been encouraging our church members to invite neighbors and friends to their home for special home services. We have a short time of singing, prayer, and a gospel message. Pray for more members to get involved in this new ministry. In this picture Rich, assistant pastor, is sharing the gospel with friends and neighbors in front of church member John’s house. John lives in a nearby village and walks over an hour to come to church. He has already brought several from his village to church.Once a month we have a fellowship with the married couples of the church. We enjoy playing games like “bean bingo” just for fun. We have a Bible lesson about family life to encourage them in their marriages and raising children.
We had a staff “fun day” at our house where teachers and staff from the Truth Learning Center enjoyed games, fellowship, a meal, and a fun auction of some things we really needed to get rid of. It was a fun day during our school Easter break.
When we go to Arusha for shopping we usually try to find a local swimming pool for the kids to enjoy for the day. Each time we go they are getting to be better swimmers and they all enjoy the water even on cold days like this one.
Natalie and I were able to get away for a few days to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. We got some great deals with it being low season for tourist and visited one of our favorite places Zanzibar. While there we were able to eat at this interesting restaurant called “The Rock.” During low tide you can walk to the stairs to but during high tide is totally surrounded by water. Not only is Zanzibar a beautiful place to visit and relax but there is also a spiritual need there with a 99% Muslim population. Recently there has been persecution on the island directed at small population Christians. Pray for peace in Tanzania as there has been several recently attacks directed at Christians and churches.